I am not going to attempt a thorough review or analysis of this remarkable documentary right now. There is far to much I want to say and I think the subject deserves a well thought out and researched essay.
In the meantime here are my thoughts on the Independent Lens showcased documentary “Crips and Bloods: Made In America”. Some of these are tweets from while I was watching the documentary, others are just passing thoughts I’ve had since finishing it:
This documentary is amazing. “Crips & Bloods: Made in America” should be required viewing for every American voter. Especially conservatives
“The pen is the new cotton field.” 1 in 4 black men will either go to jail, prison, or be put on parole or probation. God Damn.
Racism is the root of all the problems of poverty and violence in cities and suburbs. How can we ignore this fact?
“The gang member is the scapegoat [of our society]”–Quote from a Professor Interviewed for the film
And what do we see in the media? We see blacks being violent, blacks causing problems, white victims. The media is the tool of racism.
Take away all hope and chance at an education, tell people for 400 years they are less than human, provoke and abuse and attack these same people for generations and you are shocked when there is violent reaction on occasion?
So many people fail to remember that cancer like gang violence comes when a body (or a body politic) is allowed to go hungry and cold and scared.
The solutions are not easy…but they are clear. People need to stop seeing “different communities” and start seeing ONE community…And by one community I do not mean a raceless or perfect society…I mean a society that sees everyone as equally deserving of love and care
These gangs and all gangs regardless of nationality or color or religion are not made up of animals or sociopaths. They are made up of human beings, who fear and love and hate and have dreams and think
Man what a moving film. We have failed as a democracy and as a community. And we still refuse to see that the problem IS our way of life.
Well those are just my passing thoughts on the film as I watched it. I am sure I will revise them and add to them as I think about the film further. There is a lot to digest here, just like with history in general.